Attitudes of general practitioners in Northern Ireland toward abortion and family planning

Fam Plann Perspect. 1997 Sep-Oct;29(5):234-6.


A survey of the attitudes and practices of general practitioners in Northern Ireland regarding contraception and abortion was carried out in 1994 and 1995 with a randomized sample of 154 physicians. The vast majority of doctors who received requests for contraceptives from their patients fulfilled those request (94%). Overall, 13% of the doctors said a married patient had requested an abortion in the past three months, and 34% had had a similar request from an unmarried patient. Two-thirds thought that a woman together with her physician should decide whether to terminate a pregnancy, 19% did not think the choice should be left with the woman and her physician and 13% were undecided. Sixty-six percent believed that a joint strategy of improving contraceptive use and reducing premarital intercourse is the best approach for preventing unwanted pregnancy among teenagers, 21% specified only improving contraceptive use and 13% indicated only reducing premarital intercourse.

MeSH terms

  • Abortion, Induced*
  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Age Factors
  • Attitude of Health Personnel*
  • Catholicism
  • Christianity
  • Family Planning Services*
  • Family Practice*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Northern Ireland
  • Practice Patterns, Physicians'*
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy in Adolescence
  • Pregnant Women
  • Protestantism*